- marked by syncopation: syncopated rhythm.
- cut short; abbreviated.
Origin of syncopated
- to place (the accents) on beats that are normally unaccented.
- to treat (a passage, piece, etc.) in this way.
- Grammar. to contract (a word) by omitting one or more sounds from the middle, as in reducing Gloucester to Gloster.
Origin of syncopate
Related Wordsabbreviate, shorten, restrict, wrap, cram, constrict, squeeze, shrink, decline, consume, reduce, decrease, narrow, weaken, consolidate, wedge, cramp, crowd, abridge, abstract
Examples from the Web for syncopated
To us, it is the contemporary sound through which new and old truths explode in syncopated revelation.Broadway Was Made for Tupac
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Marcyliena Morgan
July 7, 2014
The "time-step" and "break" must be perfectly timed to the syncopated rhythm.The Art of Stage Dancing
He is about to give us something American: to sing and dance to syncopated melody.Nights in London
If you can set his work to syncopated time he seems never to tire of it.The Railroad Problem
Upstairs a piano took up the refrain in a thin, syncopated echo.Stover at Yale
Every voice was independent, and syncopated as were the rhythms.Franz Liszt
- music to modify or treat (a beat, rhythm, note, etc) by syncopation
- to shorten (a word) by omitting sounds or letters from the middle
Word Origin and History for syncopated
c.1600, from Late Latin syncopatus, past participle of syncopare "to shorten," also "to faint away, to swoon," from Late Latin syncope (see syncope). Originally "to shorten words by omitting syllables or letters in the middle;" musical sense is from 1660s. Related: Syncopated; syncopating.